ST. LOUIS – The 25th annual Susan G. Komen “More Than Pink” walk raised money for breast cancer awareness, research and care for local patients and survivors.

Tower Grove Park turned pink Saturday morning with thousands of breast cancer survivors and their loved who showed their support for those lost and still fighting during the biggest fundraiser of the year.

“It’s more emotional for me, especially to see so many survivors. It’s a good thing and a bad thing at the same time because there are so many that are survivors but then it just means there are more people who are getting cancer,” said breast cancer survivor, Mindy Strauss.

Originally called the “Race for the Cure,” now the “More Than Pink” walk helps educate people that it’s more than research but about the importance support and services hold.

“We also provide navigation services; we provide financial assistance to breast cancer patients who might need help getting transportation to their treatments or food service or child care,” said Susan G. Komen Missouri/Kansas Developmental Director, Dawna Currigan, “it saves lives.”

More than $40 millionhave been raised to help patients directly in the St. Louis region alone.

Fighting the disease and coming out not only as a survivor but as many in the community call it, a Thriv-or.

“The good thing is I was at stage zero and stage zero is where many doctors wish they could find it there because it’s curable. And so going through that, just having that resource, being able to have the mammograms it’s so, so important,” said breast cancer survivor, Paris Chatman.

Mammogram screenings are crucial to fighting the disease. Even onsite with Mercy Hospital’s “Mamm Van.”

“Go, get tested, do everything that they tell you to do because that’s the only way I found out and it saved my life,” said breast cancer survivor, Marvella Washington.

The outpouring of support shows when you’re together, you never walk alone.